Friday, December 09, 2005

"In the midst of complexity, handicrafts provide simplicity. In the midst of movement and noise, they make space for silence and solitude."
-Susan Lydon

"For now she need not think about anybody. She could be herself. And that was what now, she often felt the need of--to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated...Although she continued to knit, and sat upright, it was thus that she felt herself; and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures."
-Virginia Woolf from To the Lighthouse

"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart, is an artist."
-Saint Francis of Assissi

This weekend I will be starting one knitting project and one sewing project--both for Christmas gifts, you know. If you are looking for some inspiration or ideas, try one of these sites:

Blue Sky Alpacas (knitting)
Amy Butler Design (sewing and FABULOUS fabric)
Denyse Schmidt (quilting)

Enjoy your weekend!